“Maltese Bichon Frise Mix”
A Maltichon is a crossbreed of the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. It is a small, furry, and energetic dog. With proper care and diet, a Maltichon can live long. Training and exercise are not major concerns because of its energetic nature. If you are planning to adopt or get this cute little dog, here is a detailed discussion for your reference.
As mentioned, the parents of this crossbreed are the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. Both dogs are small and furry so when looking at a maltichon, it’s kind of hard to tell from whom it inherits its appearance.
The origin of this dog is unknown. Some say it came from Europe. Others claim it originated from Asia many centuries ago. It was in the 1800s that the Maltese breed came to the U.S., immediately garnering the affection of many citizens because of its cute stature and look. This dog is bred as a companion dog because of its obedient nature — quite right to classify it as such since this dog is in the “toy dog” category of the American Kennel Club.
A Bichon Frise belongs to the breed of non-sporting dogs. Generally, it is a lapdog or companion dog. This dog has curly hair and an equally curly tail. The Bichon Frise almost became extinct but has now become one of the favorites of many pet dog lovers.
Since the Bichon Frise loves to be the center of attention, dogs of this breed are easy to train for dog shows.
This crossbreed of the Maltese and the Bichon Frise can have a double coat (an outer coat and an undercoat) or a single coat. Maltese breeds have double coats while Bichons have a single coat. This dog may inherit either of its parents’ appearance of curly hair or a long and wavy coat.
A single coat appears to be silky and smooth to the touch. A double coat has a rough outer coat while the inner coat is denser. The coat color can be pure white with an apricot tinge. Some breeds may sport an apricot or cream-colored coating.
Most of the time, a Maltichon’s hair is cut short, almost just a few inches from its skin to keep the hair manageable. If you want its hair long just like its Maltese parent, you can do so, but growing its hair long requires regular brushing to keep the tangles away.
This dog measures 8 to 10 inches and may weigh 8 to 12 pounds. It has short legs and a tail that curls at the end. The Maltichon has a round head, a short muzzle that can be black or dark brown, floppy ears, and dark oval-shaped eyes.
A Maltichon can live from 12 to 15 years, depending on care, diet, and environment.
This crossbreed is alert and protective. Despite being a companion and lapdog, it is capable of being a guard dog, too. If it notices or feels that something bad is going to happen or that there’s something is amiss, it barks to alert you and your family.
It may bark from time to time but if not trained, it barks at anyone it does not know. Thus, this dog may annoy your neighbors. Keep its barking to a minimum by training it to recognize any person you know.
A Maltichon is friendly and loving with small children. However, rough handling can make this dog irritated and it may hurt your children. Likewise, small children can hurt your dog. Teach your kids to handle this crossbreed. At the same time, train your dog to handle rough situations.
Aside from children, this dog is sociable and gets along well with other pets. If you have cats at home or other small pet dogs, it instantly befriends them. Because of its sociable nature, it can suffer separation anxiety when left alone for extended hours.
As mentioned, this dog is playful and energetic. It loves to run, explore your house, and play with other pets — if you have any — all day long. Despite its friendly manner, this dog is a jealous one, especially if you are affectionate to another pet or person.
This dog is not choosy with its environment but a well-kept and dry place is important. Since this dog’s hair has a puffy like appearance, its strands can get tangled with dirt and other objects. Keep your house organized and clean.
It can live in an apartment complex or a country home. This dog is energetic and curious so keep your home safe by hiding sharp and pointed things out of its sight and reach. The Maltichon is well-suited for a warmer climate than with colder ones.
You can choose to feed your dog wet or dry food. For dry food, half a cup per meal of quality dog food is sufficient. This dog tends to eat more when it is a puppy so a free-flowing method is not advisable. You have to feed your dog in a consistent manner. For example, schedule the feeding time during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
For wet food feeding, it is best to consult a vet or the breeder from whom you bought the dog. Be reminded that wet food feeding may upset your dog’s stomach. As early as possible (e.g. while it is still a puppy), stick to dry dog food. If it does not eat, try wet food at first by dribbling a little pork or chicken stew on the food. Gradually, introduce completely dry dog food until it gets used to eating dry food.
This dog is a relatively new breed so information about its diet and nutrition is not as extensive and as in-depth, unlike with other breeds. You can experiment with how much food you can feed it. Given its size, your dog will probably eat less compared to large and medium-sized dogs.
Since its parents are the Maltese and the Bichon Frise, you can use the information on diets of these dogs. Perhaps you’ll have to adjust a bit to cater to the feeding needs of your dog. If you notice anything different with its poo or any untoward behavior after introducing a different dog food, bring your dog to the vet for a check-up.
Since this dog is very active throughout the day, you need minimal time to exercise it. Fifteen to twenty minutes of walking with a leash every day is sufficient. If you have a wide lawn with a fence, you can let it run and play with your kids or your other pets. Even if you live in an apartment complex, this dog will just fine.
Closed quarters don’t bother this dog but an occasional visit to the park is a delightful treat. A walk in the park or just around the block where it can meet other pet dogs enhances its social skills. It won’t be afraid to mingle with strangers and other dogs. Besides, walking or exercising your dog in this manner is some form of training, too.
Training should start early since this dog can be hard to train once it realizes it can do whatever it does without any punishment or consequences. Improper training and infrequent socialization may make this dog anti-social or may make this dog develop bad manners. As with any other dog, you need patience and perseverance to teach this dog tricks and good manners.
This dog is obedient, intelligent, and very responsive. This makes house training relatively easy — the Maltichon loves to learn tricks. Just give it treats after a successful obeying of a certain task and lots of praises to keep it more amiable.
Aside from treats and praises, another key to training this dog is consistency. If you want your dog to learn potty training, teach the task every day until it gets used to it. Do not be afraid to punish your dog if it does something bad, although don’t be too harsh with your punishment.
Dogs, no matter their breed, can recognize a good deed and a bad one. If you are nice to this dog, it reciprocates the affection and care you are giving it, thus making it one of the best pets you can ever have.
You don’t have to worry about shedding since this dog’s hair doesn’t shed much. It is a trait inherited from both parents. However, grooming is still essential to keep its hair shiny and curly (or straight — whatever it inherits from its parents).
Every other day, brush your dog’s coat with a special comb specifically made for such types of coat. Every 4 to 6 weeks, have its hair cut by a professional pet groomer, especially during the summer to keep it from experiencing heatstroke. Trim its nails when they are long and sharp. This is to avoid hurting your kids, especially if your dog is around them often.
To keep infection at bay, clean its ears with Q-tips and tear stains with soft cotton cloth. Bathing is occasional so you can bathe your dog only when it gets dirty. During the summer, however, it may want to bathe more. Brush its teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste meant for its breed at least twice a week.
To date, no major health issues linked to the Maltichon have been recorded. However, like its parents, this dog is prone to certain health problems. These problems may include liver issues, eye problems, bladder infections, hip dysplasia, and allergies.
Other health issues are collapsed trachea, sensitivity to vaccination, and kneecap dislocation. Skin problems may also be prominent, which is a risk to dogs with long hair.
To avoid such health concerns, get your dog from a reputable breeder and request for health authorizations. More importantly, follow its prescribed diet. If your dog gets sick, always consult a vet. Additionally, complete its vaccine and other injection shots. More importantly, keep your dog groomed and maintain a good diet.
Where Can You Get A Maltichon?
This dog is a new breed so finding one may be a little difficult. You will have to ask around — friends, acquaintances, or breeders you may know near your area. You can also do some online research to find our where Maltichon breeders are available.
A Maltichon is not a suitable pet for anyone who is out of the house all day long, since this dog may suffer anxiety attacks when left alone for hours. Work-at-home individuals are the best companions for this dog.
This dog can fit into an urban dwelling place since the indoor setting can keep it entertained — it won’t get bored exploring even the most mundane parts of your home. However, you still need to walk it to the nearest park to keep it happy. Besides, the Maltichon is a sociable breed so mingling with other dogs in the neighborhood is important for its health and well-being.